Last week’s 10 most-read stories on

What stories hit it big on last week? Here’s a preview: A major snowstorm leaves local plow drivers harried and skiers delighted | An industry expert thinks that as many as 95-percent of oil and gas wells are fractured | AND MUCH MOREFrom the joyous to the tragic, the Top 10 is a weekly recap of our best local stories. Check out the complete list and e-mail your favorite to

10.Highway crews staying up to keep upA major snowstorm that swept through the area Monday and today has kept Colorado Department of Transportation highway maintenance crews busy around the clock.9.4 felony sexual assault charges dropped against Parachute manMichael Lacefield pleads guilty to misdemeanor, out on time served. 8.County plows encounter ‘white-out conditions’ from stormGarfield County road crews have been out at 3 a.m. and “staying out late” since the snows began on Monday, according to one supervisor.7.Old Man Winter makes an appearance in Glenwood Springs on MondayStorm is expected to bring snow through week’s end.6.Crews work 12-hour shifts plowing snow from Rifle to AspenBig storm keeps DOT’s 41 local workers plenty busy.5.Big day for Sunlight as storm dumps 17 inches of powderSunlight Mountain Resort finally had its day, as Monday and Tuesday’s big snowstorm dumped 17 inches of snow on the mountain and drew hundreds of skiers and snowboarders for the local resorts first official powder day.4.Expert says 95 percent of oil, gas wells are fracturedSpeaker offers primer on hydraulic frac’ing.3.Grand Avenue Mall in Glenwood Springs gets a historical renovationMotorists driving down Grand Avenue have most likely noticed the recently refurbished Grand Avenue Mall facade – a yellow and red checkered pattern of bricks that has been covered for close to 50 years.2.Major snowstorm hammers lower valleySchools, many government offices closed. 1.Awaiting sentencing, New Castle man apparently kills himselfGetting On the day he was to be sentenced for a child pornography conviction, a New Castle man apparently killed himself.

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